Integrating GIS and Civil Designby John Nicholson, Genasys Inc, Fort Collins, United States,
Abstract: Genasys Inc. has traditionally specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Mapping. The Genamap product is the world leader in UNIX based GIS. Over the last five years we have witnessed an increased demand for integrated solutions for GIS and civil design which has been driven by the requirements of local government. In the summer of 1988 Genasys took the decision that it was necessary to offer a complete solution and develop a civil engineering design package, Genacivil, to complement the Genamap GIS system. This enabled Genasys to control the future product direction and port the package to all hardware platforms which are currently supported by Genamap. The package was required to be integrated with Genamap and provide binary compatibility of data files and a common user-interface. It was considered necessary to allow the product to run stand-alone. This paper describes our experiences integrating the two products and how users are using the integrated solution. Having the products closely linked is opening up new application areas, particularly in the areas of hydrology and utilities. Users are now finding tasks they formerly considered too cumbersome to automate can now be solved very elegantly using an integrated approach.
Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Highway and road design | Computer software | Computer models | Highway and road management | Systems management
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